Friday, July 29, 2011

Sparkly Popsicles

Not much stamping has been done here over the past couple of weeks I've been enjoying my grandson and the wonderful weather. It has been very warm and the best place to be is in the pool and that is exactly where I have been. I needed a birthday card for a co-worker and since it has been so hot here lately I decided to "cool" things off with some popsicles! I stamped the popsicle images on water color paper using black staz-on ink and colored them using various SU markers and a blender pen. Sort of a modified/quick version of water coloring. There is a great tutorial on water coloring with blender pens on the Stamping 411 blog here. The stamped image was layered on pink passion card stock that had a double layered scalloped edge. The sentiment was stamped on whisper white card stock and punched out using the jewelry tag punch. I punched out 2 more tags using the jewelry tag punch and pink passion card stock and adhered the sentiment to them which gave me a border in the pink passion. I attached the sentiment to the scalloped edge using bakers twine and then adhered the entire layer to a piece of whisper white card stock that was embossed using the square lattice embossing folder. Of course, it wasn't complete without some glitter to make it sparkle.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pink Passion, Watercolor; Ink: Black Staz-on, Various SU Markers; Stamps: Sunny Fun, Vintage Labels; Other: Scallop Border Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Bakers Twine, Blender Pen, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Friday, July 15, 2011

Soccer Goal CASE

This card is a CASE from one made by Michelle Zindorf that I saw on Splitcoaststampers here. Her cards are amazing and I love that she provides tutorials on her blog. I did change a few things and of course my brayering technique needs work but all in all I like how the card turned out.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Always Artichoke, Black; Ink: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Tempting Turquoise, Taken with Teal, Black, Versa Mark; Stamps: Goal, Sanded; Other: Brayer, Clear Embossing Powder, Versa Mark Pen, White Gel Pen, Small Star Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bright Flowers

For this card I combined two challenges from Splitcoaststampers, the color challenge (CC330) and the sketch challenge (SC340). The color challenge was to use melon mambo, tangerine tango and rich razzleberry and I decided that flowers would probably be the easiest way to combine these colors. I stamped the flower image onto the various colors of card stock using white craft ink, embossed them with white embossing powder, cut them out using my paper snips and attached a half pearl to the center of each flower. The sentiment was stamped onto whisper white card stock using rich razzleberry ink and then punched out with the decorative label punch. For the border on the sentiment, I used the decorative label punch and rich razzleberry card stock and then cut the piece in half horizontally and mounted the halves to the top and bottom of the sentiment. The center panel was created using a piece of whisper white card stock adhered to melon mambo card stock that had the left edge punched using the scallop edge border punch. It still seemed to need something else so using rich razzleberry card stock and an EK Success flower chain punch I punched a border and attached it under the scalloped edge. The flowers and sentiment were adhered to the center panel using dimensionals. For the button I attached a rhinestone brad through the holes and using mini glue dots attached it to the card front.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry; Ink: White Craft, Rich Razzleberry; Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral; Other: White Embossing Powder, Scallop Edge Border Punch, EK Success Flower Chain Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Rich Razzleberry Button, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Pearls, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, July 11, 2011

Flowers For You

This is the card I sent to my sister for her birthday (which is today). My starting point was the "Ways to Use It" challenge (WT330) on Splitcoaststampers. The challenge was to use a doily (stamps, punches, die cuts, etc) to make a card. Doilies remind me of my grandmother and mother. Both of them crocheted doilies and used them throughout their homes on tables, nightstands, dressers, and even on the arms and backs of chairs and sofas. Combining the doily with the image of the flowers in a jar brought back memories of my mother putting lilacs in jars and placing them throughout the home and having the whole house smell of lilacs. The flower image was stamped on a 2 1/2" circle of whisper white card stock and colored using markers and a blender pen. I distressed the circle to give it an aged look and mounted the stamped image to a 3" circle of cherry cobbler card stock that also had the edges distressed. To complete the card I adhered a 4 3/4" square piece of Bella Rose DSP to a 5" square piece of cherry cobbler card stock. The doily was centered and attached using tombow multi-purpose adhesive and then the stamped image was attached using dimensionals. The ribbon bow was attached and then the entire piece was mounted to a 5 1/4" square base of whisper white card stock. The sentiment was stamped in cherry cobbler ink, punched with the jewelry tag punch and then adhered under the bow with tombow multi-purpose adhesive.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Bella Rose DSP; Ink: Black Staz-on, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky; Stamps: On the Grow, Vintage Labels; Other: Blender Pen, Paper Doily, Black Taffeta Ribbon, Circle Cutter, White Gel Pen, Jewelry Tag Punch, Distressing Tool, Dimensionals

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Silhouette Sympathy

I've made more sympathy cards so far this year than I care to count. The technique that I used for this card came from something I saw on Nicole Heady's blog here. It's called "Polaroid 2-Step Masking" and she has a how-to video for this technique. The colors I used came from the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers (CC329). The challenge was to use soft suede, crumb cake and melon mambo and since I wanted to keep the card on the masculine side I only used melon mambo for the bird image and kept the rest of the card very neutral.

Supplies Used: Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Thoroughly Modern DSP; Ink: White Craft, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo; Stamps: Silhouette Sentiments, Warmest Regards; Other: Dimensionals

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Grad Money Holder Card

This is a quick and easy card for any graduate but especially for the guys. To create the money holder start with a piece of whisper white card stock that measured 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" and score the along the 8 1/2" length at 2 1/2" and again at 5 1/2" which leaves you with a 3" card front. Fold along the score lines and fold the 2 1/2" section to the inside and adhere the ends only to create a pocket for money or a check. Fold the 3" section to the front and embellish as desired. I chose the school colors (purple and gold) to embellish the card front. I embossed a piece of concord crush card stock using the square lattice embossing folder and attached it to the card front and then attached a piece of crushed curry card stock across the middle to adhere my foam letters to. The mortar board was created using the small oval punch trimmed and a length of embroidery floss was strung to create a tassel and then attached to the card front with a dimensional.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Crushed Curry; Other: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Small Oval Punch, Paper Snips, Foam Letters, Embroidery Floss, Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ice Cream Parlor Accents & Elements

I saw this card that was created by Kristina Werner and I loved the layout and the curved shape at the top of the card. I don't own a Slice so I had to improvise. I used an oval cutter from Making Memories and trimmed the top edge of my card base. To create the same curve on the layers, I first cut the width I wanted for each layer and then using the oval cutter trimmed the top edges to get the curve I needed and then trimmed off the bottom end for the needed length. Since I am mailing this to my sister for her birthday I wanted to keep the bulk to a minimum. I used various accents and elements from the Ice Cream Parlor DSP kit that was available as a "freebie" during sale-a-brations this year. Once I had all of the elements attached I put rhinestones in the center of each flower and stamped the sentiment using pacific point ink. I punched out the sentiment using the large oval punch and adhered it to a piece of pacific point card stock that had been punched out with the scallop oval punch. The sentiment was attached to the card using a dimensional.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Ice Cream Parlor DSP; Ink: Pacific Point; Stamps: Occasional Quotes; Other: Ice Cream Parlor Accents & Elements, Rhinestones, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Dimensionals

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fabulous Florets

This is the card I sent to my mother-in-law for her birthday. She always had a garden full of flowers and loved to spend time growing many different varieties. Since she is in a nursing home now she rarely gets a chance to get out but when she does she loves to just sit outside in the sunshine enjoying nature. Since she lives in another state I make sure to send her cards made using my flower stamps. When I first saw this set in the mini catalog I knew I had to have it and this is the first card I have made using this set. I stamped the blossoms using pretty in pink and pink passion ink twice on whisper white card stock and then cut them out and layered them using dimensionals. The blossoms were spritzed with frost white shimmer mist which helped to tone down the pink passion ink. The stem image was stamped on whisper white card stock using certainly celery ink and then the blossoms were attached with dimensionals. The flower panel was attached to a layer of pretty in pink and then pink passion with a scalloped edge on the right side. A piece of whisper white card stock was embossed using the framed tulip embossing folder and then trimmed to 3 7/8" x 5 1/8". The embossed layer was attached to a piece of pink passion (4" x 5 1/4") then to a piece of pretty in pink (4 1/8" x 5 3/8") and then the entire panel was attached to a standard A2 card base of whisper white (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). The sentiment was stamped onto whisper white card stock using pink passion ink and then the end was notched to create a banner and then adhered to a piece of pretty in pink with the end notched to match.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Pink Passion; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Pink Passion, Certainly Celery; Stamps: Fabulous Florets; Other: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Frost White Shimmer Mist, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Friday, July 1, 2011

Rainbow of Butterflies

I have been trying to come up with different ways to use the retired SU card stock. Since there have been so many that have retired I was able to create a "rainbow" using the Sizzix beautiful wings embosslits die. Once I had several of the colors cut out I started creating various layouts and layers of the butterflies until I had something that utilized as many colors as possible and also covered the entire card front. Each of the butterflies are glued together in the center using tombow multi-purpose adhesive and then attached to the card front with a mini glue dot. Once I had the butterflies adhered to the card front I spritzed the entire card using frost white shimmer mist and then attached the rhinestones.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Various SU Card Stock; Other: Sizzix Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Frost White Shimmer Mist, Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive, Rhinestones, Mini Glue Dots